Which of these things would you be willing to accept if you were searching to adopt a new kitty?
One with a chronic runny eye? A kitty who bites (hard) ? A kitty who occasionally has a sneezing fit? A kitty who is not fond of other cats? A kitty who is a senior?
How about if you could get all of those things in one cat?
That is the sweet senior Tibbs. Tibby Bean has been here longer than any other Wisher. She came with her mom and siblings before even the FIRST room in the cathouse had been built. There was NO cathouse, no Winnie’s Wish. She was a kitten in the Summer of 2008, so she is only a couple of months away from turning nine years old.
Of course, Tibbs can live her entire life here if that is what ends up happening. I haven’t posted Tibby to my sidebar or to Petfinder for a very long time. I have assumed that a cat with as many issues as Tibbs would be a cat that no one would adopt. The only thing that made me question my decision off and on was how Tibby responds to other people. When I go in and out of the cathouse, everybody knows the drill. There are a couple who scoot away and hide when I come in, but almost all of the cats flock around for attention. However, when anyone else enters their world, the Wishers scatter and run; if you didn’t know better you’d think no cats live there at all. Except for Tibbs. She doesn’t leave. She doesn’t scurry away. In fact, Tibbs will let you pet her. But you’ll probably get a nice love bite in the process.
For the most part, Tibby has been reasonably happy here. She’s never been crazy about living with so many other cats, but she’s done OK. A couple of months ago, I discovered that Tibby was being bullied in her room at the cathouse. I knew that Tibbs could usually take care of herself, but it seemed that the middle room group of cats had decided to gang up on her. She was tired.
I wasn’t sure what to do. I didn’t want to upset the delicate balance I was trying to keep in the third room after moving the returned Halo in. The first room was home to three kitties who have lived years together (Slate, Finnick, and Snowflake), none of whom are terribly nice to newcomers. So I moved Tibbs into the kennel cat rooms. I knew there would be a transition time during which Tibby and some of those cats would not be thrilled with the arrangement. But it just didn’t work. There was some kind of battle every day. So the only spot left to try was that first room in the cathouse. I would have to see if possibly Tibby could live with Slate, Finnick, and Snowflake.
She started in a cage. And when everybody got used to each other, I let her out while I was there cleaning every day. There was some hissing and some swatting, but slowly they all adjusted. Tibbs lives in that room now and was doing pretty well. She despises Finnick, and he is afraid of her. (She’s small and he’s HUGE.) But other than that, it seemed to be working. Until just a couple of days ago. I noticed that Tibby was staying on the outside deck a lot. When I would go in, I’d have to work and work to convince her to come in. I don’t think things are going terribly well for her at this time. So as unlikely as it probably is that she could be Chosen, I’m going to hope for the perfect home for Miss Tibbs.
She will actually probably adjust pretty quickly, certainly more quickly than any of the other Wishers. But it would still take a special person. Tibbs actually likes attention and I believe would love to sit on someone’s lap. I think she would love to have a comfortable retirement home where someone loved her despite her many issues. Today we’re giving it a whirl. Gonna post Tibby Bean in my sidebar and on Petfinder. Maybe somebody out there is looking for just such a cat – a love biting, eye running, want to be an only cat, senior feline girl. Friends, keep your fingers crossed.
Got too much going on tomorrow to get a post up in the morning. So I’m going to wish you a wonderful coming weekend here on hump day. And keep your fingers crossed, Friends. Winnie’s Wish needs adoptions.